London is one of my all-time favorite cities! From the history to the culture to the food there is so much to fall in love with during a visit. It may be a while before I’m able to get back across the pond so until then I thought I’d share some of my favorite dessert spots that I’ve found during my three visits to this amazing city.
Peggy Porschen Cakes
If you spend time on Instagram chances are you’ve seen the famous pink parlours and beautiful outdoor floral displays of Peggy Porschen’s. Founded in 2003 with their first parlour opening in 2010 they specialize in cupcakes, layer cakes, and intricate latté art. Their parlour in Chelsea also serves breakfast, lunch, cocktails, and a weekend brunch in addition to sweet treats. They have a café menu that features the classics in addition to some seasonal special additions. I didn’t have the chance to visit during my January term abroad so I knew that when I went back with my mom last January that we had to go. You have the option to sit inside or outside year-round (being that it was January we opted for inside, but there were still brave people sitting outside). If you know me or have looked through the majority of recipes on my blog then you know that I absolutely love cupcakes and these did not disappoint. I had the Chocolate Heaven and my mom had the Chocolate Raspberry that was a part of her Valentine’s Day collection. They were both amazing and I can’t wait for my next trip to London to sample some of her other creations. If you’re in London and looking for a sweet treat I highly recommend a stop here.
Locations: Belgravia (the original, opened in 2010) and Chelsea (opened in spring 2019)
The Hummingbird Bakery
We discovered The Hummingbird Bakery during our first visit to London in 2013 and after walking by it a few times we decided to stop in. The bakery was founded in 2004 as an American-style bakery with the goal of introducing American home baking to London. Today they have six locations across London and specialize in cakes and cupcakes. They also serve other American-style baked treats including brownies, pies, and cheesecakes. The bakery is also noted for introducing Red Velvet to the UK and helping it gain popularity. One year for Christmas I received their cookbook and I’ll have to flip through and find some recipes to share. I can’t remember what flavors everyone selected when we stopped in, but I know that I had a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. I remember being so excited that I had found cupcakes in London and wanting to go back during my other visits but running out of time. If you’re looking for another bakery to try in London this one is a must.
Locations: Notting Hill, Richmond, Soho, South Kensington, Spitalfields, Islington
I was introduced to Amorino through friends while studying abroad in London in January 2018. Even though it was January that couldn’t stop us from visiting as many times as we could during our three-week trip. Amorino was founded in 2002 as an Italian gelato company in Paris. Today they have locations throughout Europe, the United States, Asia, and Mexico. Their specialty is the Amorino rose which allows you to try as many gelato flavors as you’d like. They also serve gelato filled macaroons, milkshakes, sorbet drinks, and gourmet cups. My personal favorite was a cup of Hazelnut gelato (tastes just like Nutella) with a chocolate macaroon on top. I loved Amorino so much during my time in London that I even dragged my family to the one in Chicago while we were there. If you’re looking for a way to cool down during London’s hot summer months or just want a little pick me up while walking around the city I highly recommend a stop to Amorino.
Locations (London): Charing Cross, Chelsea, Covent Garden, Camden, Clampham, Edgware Road, Goodge Street, Islington, Long Acre, Notting Hill, Queensway, Soho, Westfield-Stratford
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Harrods Food Hall
Harrods is one of the most famous department stores and shopping destinations in London. Located on the fourth floor of the store you could easily spend hours in the food halls within Harrods. From a champagne bar to cheese boards to intricately decorated desserts they have it all. Whether you’re dining in or taking something to go this a must-visit for foodies. I, of course, made a stop at the patisserie and selected a chocolate cupcake that had been calling my name as I passed it to get a glimpse of all of the different stations.
I’ll just be here dreaming of the next time I can enjoy a cupcake or gelato in my favorite city! If you’re in London be sure to check a few of these popular spots out.